Developer Ainsworth takes a second trip to the American wilderness in Mustang Money 2. This sequel is played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine and comes with a free spins round with special Mustang Money respins with stacked wilds. Play from between 20p and £2,000 per spin.

We often write about how developers have really upped their game when it comes to the design of their slots. It appears that Ainsworth hasn’t got the memo as Mustang Money 2 looks very primitive compared to many modern-day releases.

The reels include the usual lower value A to 9 playing cards. They’re joined by gold bars, bald eagles and a sun-kissed canyon. The golden dollar sign is the top paying symbol. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these and you’ll win 5, 50, 100 or 1,000 coins.

The wild horse serves a dual purpose, acting as both the wild and scatter – it can land on the middle 3 reels only in the base game. Land 3 of them on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature where you can look forward to 10 free spins.

Joining the action here is the Mustang Money symbol – when this lands on reels 1 and 5 on the same free spin, you’ll trigger the Mustang Money feature. Reels 1 and 5 are filled with stacks of wild horses and are held. A respin then follows. If you create a new winning combination, a new payout is then made. You can re-trigger more free spins here too as 3 horses awards another 5 free spins.

Mustang Money 2 is simple fare. The imagery is crudely drawn and the soundtrack in the base game is very generic. You’ll hear a strange country, rock hybrid in the bonus round, complete with cracks of a whip on each spin. It’s not exactly easy on the eye and ear.

The range of extras isn’t wide either. We landed the free spins regularly but found them a real mixed bag. They key to a decent win is landing the Mustang Money feature where the stacked wilds can have a big impact.

We were a little surprised to see that the original Mustang Money had spawned a sequel. Version 2 is a solid if unspectacular affair. If you’re a fan of Ainsworth’s life casino-style slots then this is worth a spin. If not, you’ll find plenty more appealing games on offer elsewhere – such as Barcrest’s Golden Chief or Pragmatic Play’s Wolf Gold which share similar themes.